When it comes to date night, it’s easy to get stuck in the same routine. While we love a good dinner-and-a-movie combo, sometimes it’s fun to think outside the box and do something new. Whether you’ve just started dating someone or you’ve been married for decades, these date ideas in Cannon Beach are sure to spice things up.
From a simple walk on the beach to an extravagant staycation, there’s something on this list for you and your significant other!
Taste Regional Wines Together
Cozy up to the bar on a cold day to sip on a red wine — specifically pinot noir, the grape that put the Willamette Valley on the map for wine connoisseurs around the globe. Sample some of the best wines from the region at a number of cozy wine shops and wine bars in town, including The Wine Shack, The Wine Bar at Sweet Basil’s Cafe and Laurel’s Wine Shop.
Visit the Tillamook Creamery
Travel south along the coast for a cheese-filled day at Tillamook Creamery. The newly reimagined Tillamook Creamery offers self-guided tours of the factory, complete with cheese samples, interactive kiosks, a cafe, and of course, lots of ice cream. But no matter where you live throughout the region, you’re likely to encounter this iconic cheese at grocery stores and restaurants, because it’s one of the essential foods of the Pacific Northwest!
Enjoy Dinner at Newmans at 988
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For an intimate and upscale dining experience, look no further than Newmans at 988, an elegant eatery housed in a beachside cottage with only 10 tables. With vintage decor, dim lighting, white table cloths, and a sophisticated menu and wine list, Newmans at 988 is the ideal destination for date night or a special occasion. The menu at Newmans at 988 combines the distinct flavors of the Pacific Northwest with classic French and Italian cuisine. Owner and chef John Newman serves up a creative a la carte menu in addition to a chef’s prix fixe menu that changes on a nightly basis. Looking for more options? Check out some of our favorite restaurants in Cannon Beach.
Get a Couples Massage at the Cannon Beach Spa
Cannon Beach Spa is a boutique courtyard spa in a peaceful setting. They offer a world-class rejuvenating experience focusing on your entire wellbeing, utilizing techniques from all over the world. The spa offers a full range of services, classes and treatments, including a couples massage. Share a room with two tables and two therapists for a truly relaxing, romantic experience.
Have a Picnic at the Park
For a casual option, pack up some food to go (or make your own meal at home!) and make your way to a nearby park. Thankfully, there are four beautiful state parks within 10 minutes of Cannon Beach, including Ecola State Park, Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site, Hug Point State Recreation Site, and Oswald West State Park. And better yet, all four provide jaw-dropping views of the vast Pacific Ocean.
Embark on a Self-Guided Art Tour
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Cannon Beach is an undeniably artsy town. It is home to more than a dozen art galleries filled with artwork from renowned artists, many of whom call Cannon Beach their home. Grab your significant other by the hand and embark on a walking tour of some of the best art galleries in Cannon Beach, focused on a variety of styles and mediums, from abstract sculpture to landscape painting and everything in between.
Take a Day Trip to Seaside
The bustling beach town of Seaside is just 15 minutes north of Cannon Beach. The town is home to even more shops, restaurants and attractions, including the popular Seaside Aquarium. Spend an afternoon or an entire day exploring all that Seaside has to offer. Thrillist put together an excellent itinerary, from relaxing activities to outdoor adventures.
See a Play at Coaster Theatre
Grab tickets for a play or musical at the historic Coaster Theatre, situated in the heart of Cannon Beach. Formerly the home of a skating rink in the 1920s and beyond, the theatre has been a community staple for performing arts since 1972. Take a look at the events calendar to coordinate your date night with an upcoming show. At this small and intimate theater, there’s isn’t a bad seat in the house!
Try a New Beer
Photo courtesy of Public Coast Brewing Co.
Cozy up with a seasonal brew at one of the two breweries in town — both of which opened in 2016. Pelican Brewing features soaring ceilings with large windows letting in lots of natural light — creating a cheerful environment, even on a gloomy day. This small-batch brewery creates a wide range of beers, including pilsners, pale lagers, blonde and pale ales, IPAs, porters, stouts, saisons and more. Situated at the northern end of town, Public Coast Brewing Co. is a modern and vibrant brewery with a great selection of beers. The name pays homage to the fact that all 363 miles of the Oregon coast remains free and open to all. Likewise, Public Coast makes craft beer that is both delicious and approachable. Grab a stool at the wrap-around bar and watch beer being made through the brewery windows.
Take a Long Walk on the Beach
If your dating profile mentions your love for “long walks on the beach,” this next one’s for you. Because sometimes the simpler (and frankly, more affordable!) dates are the most memorable and enjoyable. Grab a cup of coffee at Insomnia Coffee, which is conveniently situated just steps from the beach. Make your way down the steps to the sand and head toward the iconic Haystack Rock, which is only about a mile away. During your journey, you can watch the enormous waves crash on the shore, dip your toes in the water and breathe in the cool ocean air all the while. And don’t forget to take a selfie once you reach Haystack Rock!
Solve a Mystery at an Escape Room
During the winter months, an escape room makes for the perfect date night activity. Plus, working together to solve a mystery is the perfect bonding experience! The Cannon Beach Escape Room has two themed rooms, Escape from One-Eyed Jack and Escape from Camp Haystack. You and your date will have 60 minutes to work together to discover hidden objects, gather clues, and solve puzzles to find the key to escape.
Book a Staycation at Arch Cape Inn
Photo courtesy of Marcus Berg with Unique Angles Photography
Experience your hometown from a whole new perspective by booking a staycation at Arch Cape Inn, a secluded bed and breakfast retreat just 8 minutes south of Cannon Beach. Named one of the best castle-like hotels by Travel + Leisure, this inn will have you and your loved one feeling like royalty during your stay. Arch Cape Inn offers 10 uniquely themed guest rooms and suites, most of which offer a gas fireplace and a pristine view of the ocean. Take advantage of a number of amenities and distinctive features, including a gracious common room, an outdoor terrace, manicured gardens, a complimentary breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese hour, and more.
Love Is In the Air
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